Friday, September 19, 2014

Why John Coffey is the Best Choice for Assembly in 2014

At a debate between John Coffey (D-Newberry Springs) and  Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear) this evening [both are the final 2 facing off on November 4, 2014 for the 33rd District Assembly District in California], I heard from Republican Jay Obernolte how California's business unfriendly government policies are chasing out business and jobs in response to a question about a Chinese aluminum smelter business not locating in Barstow--maybe he needs to test fewer of his pinball games and come down from the Mountains once in a while and check his facts:
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1. California's economic growth is one of the highest!!
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According to USA Today U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.5% in 2012 after growing 1.6% in 2011, the most the economy has grown since 2006. Nationally, manufacturing, trade and the finance and insurance industry made some of the biggest contributions to growth. While the national economy grew, some of the country's largest state economies, including California and Texas, increased at an even faster rate. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/15/states-with-the-fastest-growing-economies/2416239/--opps for Obernolte
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2. Obernolte claims to be a UCLA grad--too bad he did not read the LA Times (probably too liberal for him) before the debate. A UCLA economist (quoted in the LA Times) reported that "job growth in much of California has outpaced the national average over the last year, signaling a continued economic rebound for the state in the coming years, according to the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday "(yesterday)-opps for Obernolte
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3. Litigation rates in California is one of the lowest; Obernolte should take a look at the numbers from the California court system, which recently issued its 2012 Court Statistics Report, including even more recent data for the 2010-11 fiscal year. On page 96 of that PDF (page 83 of the report) are numbers for civil case filings in each of the last 10 fiscal years, showing not only a drop from FY 09 to FY 10 but a further drop in FY 11. The number of civil filings in 2010-11 was 11.6% less than the number of filings in 2008-09, which was the high point of the 10-year period. What was that about the trend of litigation in California?
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Here’s something else from that 2010 National Center for State Courts report that flies in the face of the corporate lobby’s contention that California is somehow an overly litigious state. There’s a table on page 9 of the PDF of the report ranking 29 states and the District of Columbia by number of civil suits filed per capita in 2010. California ranks 28th of the 30 jurisdictions and was 38% below the median for the group. Yes, California has a lot of civil lawsuits (although many fewer than New York or Florida). It also has by far the largest population.
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The NCSC report goes on to show that the civil court dockets in many states are dominated by corporate plaintiffs. In the 17 states that maintain adequate records (California is not one of them), 61% of their civil cases in 2010 were contract cases, typically filed by businesses and often against other businesses. Tort cases, including those typically filed by consumers such as personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice, made up just 6% of those states’ civil caseloads in 2010.
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Remember, when the corporate lobby complains about “too many lawsuits,” they’re not complaining about the number of suits they file. They’re complaining about being held accountable in the civil justice system by consumers. And your suits require court time and resources that could be spent on their suits.
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4. The Chinese business was a huge problem from the gitgo; we are in drought conditions and a smelting operation needs lots of water and the air quality in the area is so bad (from the transportation corridor usage, sludge to composting operations and high winds that carry pm 2.5 particles putting at risk children and the elderly), that the additional burden could have just plain killed a lot of people. Monthly the newspaper publishes a Prop 65 warning about the air being so bad.
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Bottom line: It seems these days that the only way conservative republicans can win on the economy is to be real dumb or out-and-out lie ]oh yeah---Coffey won and we would be fortunate to have him serve the 33rd Assembly District in California).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tell the FCC WHY you think we must have net neutrality!!

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Bob Conaway Urges Paul Cook to Join Him in telling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

In the wake of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, a shocking new report from a federal nuclear
safety official raises the prospect that PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could face catastrophic failure when the next big earthquake hits, and recommends that it be shut down.1
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The report, authored by a former lead on-site inspector, flatly refutes PG&E's claim that the plant's two reactors can withstand an earthquake like the one that rattled northern California just a few weeks ago.2 Incredibly, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trusting PG&E's internal assessment of the danger of continuing to run the plant, despite the clear conflict of interest.  With half a million people living within 50 miles of this disaster waiting to happen, the Diablo Canyon plant needs to be shut down now.
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Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Click here to sign the petition.
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The engineers who designed the coastal nuclear plant at Fukushima believed it could withstand any disaster imaginable before a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011 and caused a major catastrophe.
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PG&E's engineers similarly claim that the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant can withstand any (?) anticipated earthquake. Aside from the arrogance of concluding structural strength and containment capacity that has never been tested by an earthquake of even what hit San Francisco over a hundred years ago (much less what his Chile recently), the plant was built long before a major fault line was discovered in 2008 -- just a few hundred yards offshore from the coastal nuclear plant. The plant also sits nearby the Los Osos, Hosgri, and San Andreas Faults, a confluence of seismic features with dramatic potential activity that could overcome the plant’s outdated and inadequate safety design features.3
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the power to revoke PG&E’s license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant -- and that's exactly what it needs to do.
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Urge Paul Cook to join Bob Conaway and tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The fallout could poison our environment for a 1,000 years.
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You can further express your personal support by clicking the link below to sign the petition: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/diablo_canyon?t=5&akid=11681.2791043.UZW4Cc

1. "AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown," Associated Press, August, 25, 2014.
2. To download the full report, click here (PDF).
3. "Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant," San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2014.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Paul Cook's "Yeah" Vote on HR 5078 Will Endanger Public Waters & Blocks Rulemaking Efforts to Protect Our Public Waters by Non-Partisan Professionals

On September 9, the US House of Representatives voted 262 to 152 to approve HR 5078 as an attempt to block the Clean Water Act protection rule-making underway by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
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Bob Conaway says that "Paul Cook (CA-08) should have known that his 'yeah' vote on H.R. 5078 is bad news for clean water nationally and especially so for people in the 8th District, whose fragile Desert Valley and Mountain areas are in need of protection.  The proposed rule the Army Corps and EPA was working on was consistent with the Supreme Court's narrower reading of where the Act applies, which includes wetlands with a hydrologic connection to rivers and streams (like the Colorado, Owens and Santa Ana Rivers), including those rivers and streams that flow seasonally (like the Mojave River) [see http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/id/31900/ & http://1mississippi.org/your-clean-water-act-support-needed-now-more-than-ever/]. HR 5078 is one of many roadblocks opponents of the Clean Water Act protection rule (also called Waters of the U.S. rule) are throwing up.  The proposed rule making which HR 5078 & Cook's vote seeks to stop,  provided clarification about which waters the Clean Water Act applies to, and contrary to the shrill voices in the Boehner camp, did not protect any new types of waters".
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Bob further says: " One has to wonder about Paul Cook and free speech--the rule making process INVOLVES the public and various stakeholders--what is he and his corporate minions scared about coming out of the rule making process. Paul Cook voted to stop current rulemaking (one has to wonder if he is afraid of intelligent professionals talking about what's good for Americans) & voted to prohibit the EPA and the Corps from developing any future rulemakings or basing implementation of the law on similar rules or guidance".

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cook Voted to Increase Interest Rates on Student Loans & Reject a 2016 minimum wage increase while collecting his salary increase

On Paul Cook, some interesting tidbits @ http://votethemout2014.net/Voted.html. The site shows that:
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(1) Cook voted to oppose increasing the minimum wage to $10.16 per hour by 2016 (while he gets his automatic pay increase as a result of a bill cosponsored by his mentor and campaign advisor, Jerry Lewis),
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(2) Cook voted to give Monsanto protection so they can dominate the market and charge unreasonable fees for their products without fear of liability suits, and
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(3) Cook voted to increase the interest rate on student loans to 3.4%... so in this snippet on one site, he protects profiteering by Monsanto, screws the production workers working semi-skilled and unskilled jobs while increasing the cost of getting an education for people trying to climb out of the minimum wage trap jobs--what an elitist hypocrite!
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Bob's view? Student loan interest rates should not be hiked at all, minimum wage (which most college students earn while earning a degree, if they are able to get a job) should be increased, especially since the loan costs are going up. Monsanto is using the government to secure market control and immunity to being held accountable. Sad man who apparently hates our young men and women just trying to survive while getting ahead, but collects his raise despite getting little done (except for large corporations).
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

PAUL COOK's HR 3522 VOTE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, WOMEN & PEOPLE WITH LONG TERM CARE NEEDS

Bob Conaway, a candidate for Congress in California's 8th Congressional District and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare oppose H.R. 3522 [misnamed by the Congressional Republicans the "Employee Health Care Protection Act". --Mr. Entitlement (Paul Cook) of course voted for it. Bob Conaway would not have.  Exactly what will HR 3522 mean to the people in the 8th Congressional District?
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1. HR 3522 allows health insurers to continue offering coverage outside of the insurance marketplaces established by the health law even if those plans do not comply with its coverage requirements.
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2. HR 3522 allowed inferior plans can now discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, would force women to pay more tha
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3. H.R. 3522 undercuts the ability of the marketplace insurance plans to offer affordable health coverage because younger and healthier individuals would tend to enroll in the substandard plans preserved by HR 3522.  Consequently, older and sicker individuals would remain in the comprehensive plans that meet the health law's coverage requirements. As a result of this adverse selection, insurance premiums would rise for those plans with sicker and/or older Americans, which would make coverage less affordable and increase the number of uninsured or force these Americans to join these substandard plans as well.
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4.Under HR 3522, the number of uninsured young seniors would increase and be less healthy by the time they became eligible for Medicare - thereby increasing Medicare's costs.One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that more "young seniors," aged 50-64, are receiving health care before they become eligible for Medicare
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Does Cook bother to look at the people in this District--a lot of retirees, single moms,  students and aging work force folks that can't afford the hit of discriminatory underwriting, hikes in premiums and reduced coverage that HR 3522 bring. Heh maybe Cook looks at it this way, he's got his Tri-Care, his Medicare if he needs it and what Congress pays for and us little folks are SOL?
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why Iraq III - Will Congress plz show up?

Bob Conaway, a candidate for Congress in California's 8th Congressional District says:

"We need to avoid without Congressional approval, beyond humanitarian aide and security forces needed to defend American diplomatic assets, propping up an Iraqi regime in failure mode & ignoring our own 'life' priorities.
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First, as BBC reporters have said, the old failed leadership in Iraq just played a game of musical chairs before the US announced there was a new government. It seems that we are asking the same Sunni leaders that could not get their army to stand their ground and fight ISIL, to now fight ISIL, because of some humanitarian supplies being delivered to Kurds and bombing missions (and the promise of more bombings).   What is the logic of this?  We bombed Sadaam and it was not enough--we had to commit ground forces and when they (the US) withdrew,  instability reappeared. How is this any different? Some have said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result?
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Second, through all this, no one has asked where did the Republican Guard Ba'thist Party forces go when the US arrived in Baghdad? The Republican Guard had military training to fight and fight they did against Iran and Kuwait, so one has to ask, (a) if they are now part of the Iraqi Army, are we rearming and allying with Sadaam's old military elite? (b) If they are not part of the new (current) Iraqi Army, where are they and are we bombing to help defeat that previously "vanished"  military elite or (c) are they standing by waiting for Iraq's collapse (or weakening from the conflict we are ramping up) so they can walk in without firing a shot?
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Third, has anyone asked about whether Iraqi Sunnis want to fight other Sunnis even if they are part of ISIL? We seem to forget the Sunnis under Sadaam (which the Army was primarily made up of) killed Kurdish civilians (like what is happening now?). Could it be that Sunni Iraqis don't want to attack Sunni-leaning ISIL forces so Kurds can be saved the ravages of war, when just maybe, some Sunnis in Iraq might see ISIL's attack of the Kurds being a way to seize back control of the oil fields historically operated by Iraqi Sunnis? Who are we helping in this fight and what end game are we working?
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Congress needs to debate this--e.g. who are we doing this for and why? If this is about oil fields, stay out and develop our natural resources. Most of the oil is reportedly going to Red China--what's our bone in this fight?
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Are we really doing this to save lives? We have a lot of "life" issues, including but not limited to shipping children away who are escaping to the US for a better life with apparently little regard to their fate upon return, failing to deal with the record numbers of suicides in the armed forces by ignoring the signs and failing to give our fighting men and women full and unfettered access to needed medical care to prevent such acts of self destruction [Extrapolating from a 2012 VA report that found 22 veterans took their lives each day in 2009 and 2010, IAVA members planted 1,892 flags on the National Mall Thursday to commemorate the staggering figure; see also http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/suicide], ignoring runaway homelessness numbers (many of which are vets), ignoring crippling student loan debt and abusive Sallie Mae collection policies which is causing depression and anxiety amongst our unemployed and underemployed youth (and returning vets who had some college educational loans) and ignoring the fact 1 in 5 American children suffer from hunger (how about deliverying those food packs to our poor).
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How about dealing with our "life" issues first?"
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